US-based members of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are planning a “very warm welcome” for President Muhammadu Buhari when he arrives in Washington this weekend for a meeting with US president Donald Trump.
Buhari is scheduled to meet Trump on 30 April and the Nigerian ruler plans to fly out tomorrow (the 28th). A Washington-based IPOB source has informed Naijiant.com that their members and “well-wishers” have invested their “hard-earned cash” to ensure that the Nigeria president does not have “a day’s rest” while in America.
One particular guy provided two coaches to move IPOB members who are expected to demonstrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
Buhari spent two weeks in London earlier this month, taking in a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and a visit to his doctors. UK-based IPOB members held a protest in Pall Mall across the road from the Commonwealth headquarters. They also held what they called a “night vigil” for two nights in front of Abuja House in London, the Nigerian High Commission property where Buhari was believed to be staying.
IPOB claimed in a statement that Buhari cut short his stay in the UK to return to Nigeria because of their “night vigil” and also claimed that his intention was to remain in the UK until he flew out to the US. A source also told us that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where Abuja House is located, following complaints from neighbours about the noise from IPOB protesters, has asked the Nigerian High Commission to move out of the premises.
Their US-based members have tagged their planned protest during Buhari’s visit “Operation Cow Dance 2”. They are also calling for Buhari to submit himself to a DNA test. According to their internet radio station Radio Biafra, the man that returned to Nigeria following Buhari’s over 100 day stay in London for medical treatment last year, is “Jubrin from Sudan”. According to this unlikely tale, the “real Buhari” died while in London.
IPOB is a separatist group advocating the secession of southeast Nigeria as the independent Republic of Biafra. Their leader Nnamdi Kanu disappeared last September, following a raid of his home in Abia State by Nigerian soldiers as part of what they called “Operation Python Dance”.